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MACBETH In the opening scene of Macbeth three witches talk of meeting again "when the hurlyburly's done, when the battle is lost and won". This line represents the two different levels of the battle Macbeth encounters throughout the play. The witches' scene symbolizes the supernatural and evil battles he will face. The actual battle scene shows Macbeth's bravery and exemplifies his audacity and loyalty towards the king.

The Witches open the scene and reveal the supernatural component of the play by showing their ability to see into the future. They see that he will prosper on the battlefield, and recognize Macbeth as a courageous leader and a loyal supporter of the king. They know however that he must have a flaw and they wave the opportunity of power and fame in front of him. His drive to become powerful brings him to failure, and a battle that he soon faces and loses is his battle with evil thoughts that turn into murderous actions.

Greed and fear of losing his strength change him from virtuous to corrupt and immoral. He loses the battle between good and evil and while he may be triumphant on the battlefield he fails to win the battle with himself.

Shakespeare uses Macbeth as an example of every person. He is able to show that in everyone there lies evil and under the right circumstances it can be brought out. By integrating the witches into the play they bring out the tragic flaw in Macbeth, which leads to the disastrous end to his losing combat with himself.